Watts was able to support himself as an artist from the age of 16. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1837 onwards and in 1843 won a prize in a competition for decorations for the new Palace of Westminster. He travelled in Italy from 1843 to 1847, where he was taken with a passion for landscape painting in Tuscany in 1845. In later years Watts was famous for his Symbolist paintings and sculptures and for some of the finest portrait paintings of the Victorian era.
George Frederic Watts
1817 - 1904